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Elizabeth Wood

(b Christchurch, New Zealand, Jan 15, 1892; d Sydney, Oct 18, 1965). Australian educationist, composer and pianist. He was a pupil of Tobias Matthay and Frederick Corder at the RAM, where he won many awards both as pianist and composer, including the Thalberg Scholarship and Chappell Gold Medal. He was made an Associate in 1913 and a Fellow in 1930. After a recital tour of Britain and the USA he returned to Australia in 1915 and was appointed professor of piano at the NSW State Conservatorium. He was well known for his educational music programmes for the Australian Broadcasting Commission, and with his colleague Lindley Evans gave many piano duo recitals. For his services to Australian music education he was awarded an OBE in 1962. Probably his lasting contributions are over 60 piano pieces designed for educational purposes. Within a traditional tonal idiom, these are Impressionist miniatures exploring a wide variety of keyboard techniques....

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Greta Mary Hair

(b Adelaide, Jan 15, 1913; d Jan 11, 2005). Australian pianist and composer. Her mother was a professional pianist and her first teacher. At the age of 12 she won a scholarship to enter the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide, where she studied piano with William Silver and graduated with the MusBac in 1931. An Elder Scholarship enabled her to study in London at the RCM (1932–5), where her teachers were Howard Hadley (piano), and R.O. Morris and Gordon Jacob (composition), and where she won three composition prizes and achieved both the ARCM (composition and piano) and the LRAM (piano). While studying she wrote two piano concertos, which she performed with the LPO and the LSO. Hyde returned to Adelaide in 1936, South Australia's centenary year, during which the Adelaide Overture (conducted by Sargent) and incidental music for the South Australia Centenary Pageant, ‘Heritage’, were performed. She taught at Kambala school, Sydney, married Marcus Edwards and returned to Adelaide in ...

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John Carmody

(b London, April 13, 1867; d at sea, April 7, 1961). Australian music educationist, conductor and composer of English birth. After abandoning plans for a career in architecture, he studied the piano, the organ, the viola and singing, taking the BMus at Durham in 1893. After teaching at St Paul's School, London, he travelled in 1896 to Australia, where he was director of music first at St George's Cathedral, Perth, then at St David's Cathedral, Hobart. In 1903, after further school-teaching in England and New Zealand, he moved to Sydney, where he became conductor of the Sydney Liedertafel, the Sydney Madrigal Society and the choir of the Great Synagogue. In 1908 he conducted the inaugural concerts of the Sydney SO, and in 1912 co-founded (with George de Cairos Rego) the Musical Association of NSW. Having in 1914 successfully lobbied for the establishment of the New South Wales State Conservatorium of Music, he was appointed to its Advisory Council, and succeeded Henri Verbrugger as director in ...

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Rhian Davies

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(b Sydney, May 29, 1881; d Beaucourt-sur-Ancre, Nov 13, 1916). Australian composer and pianist. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School (1891–2), Eton College (1893–9) and Balliol College, Oxford (Nettleship Scholar, 1900–03). There he took an active part in the Balliol Concerts, and indulged his lifelong passions, rowing and music. Three times winner of Henley's Diamond Sculls and a member of the victorious England crew at the 1908 Olympic Regatta, he was an Edwardian sporting legend. Athletic achievement and private means always cast the seriousness of Kelly's musical career into doubt despite studies with Ernst Engesser and Iwan Knorr at the Hoch Konservatorium, Frankfurt (1903–8), and promising solo appearances. He travelled widely, and in 1911 he played in Sydney, making his London début the following year. As chairman of the Classical Concert Society (1912–14), Kelly turned towards chamber music, performing with Tovey, Jelly d'Arányi and Casals. He joined the Royal Naval Division in ...

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Irwin Spector and David Mateer

(b c1538; d London, Nov 1574). English composer. In 1553 the parish of St Andrew’s, Holborn, gave ‘yong Whyte’ a payment ‘for ye gret orgayns w[hich] his father gave to ye church’. This almost certainly refers to Robert White, for in 1572, when the Whites were living in Westminster, the instrument was sold by one of the Holborn parishioners to John Thomas and Robert White (probably the composer’s father) and installed in the Abbey. According to Thomas Whythorne ‘mr Whyt waz of Trinite Collez in Cambridz when hee Commensed’. His name occurs frequently in the college accounts for the period 1555–62, first as a chorister under Thomas Preston and later as one of the cantores. The University Grace Book 1542–88 records that White, after ten years of study, was granted the degree of MusB on 13 December 1560, with the condition that he compose a Communion service to be sung at ‘Act Time’ the following year in St Mary the Great’s. At Michaelmas ...